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Bentley on Brecht: Songs and Poems of Bertolt Brecht

Bentley on Brecht: Songs and Poems of Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956) was an important German poet and playwright in the second quarter of the 20th century. This recording of selected poems and songs is performed by theater critic, singer, and teacher Eric Bentley, who is considered to be a preeminent expert on Brecht. Eighteen of the 19 selections in this recording were translated and adapted by Bentley, who also plays piano and harmonium. Of interest are the performances of two songs from “The Threepenny Opera”, perhaps Brecht’s best known musical: “Mack the Knife” (the last three stanzas only) and “Ballad of Sexual Submissiveness”, sometimes known as the “Ballad of Sexual Dependency”.

The liner notes include texts and musical notation.

Track Listing

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About Poor B.B. Eric Bentley 3:19
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102
Ballad of the Dead Soldier Eric Bentley 5:24
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103
Memory of Marie Eric Bentley 3:34
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104
Doomed Generations Eric Bentley 1:10
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105
A Visit to the Exiled Poets Eric Bentley 2:43
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106
Easter Sunday, 1935 Eric Bentley 1:37
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107
The Ballad of Marie Sanders Eric Bentley 2:31
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108
To the Little Radio Eric Bentley 1:59
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109
To My Countrymen Eric Bentley 2:32
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201
Hymn of the Great Baal and Orge's Hymn Eric Bentley 4:16
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202
A Man's a Man Eric Bentley 3:09
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203
Mack the Knife Eric Bentley 1:57
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204
Ballad of Sexual Submissiveness Eric Bentley 2:36
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205
Supply and Demand Eric Bentley 4:12
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206
That's How It Should Be Eric Bentley 1:41
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207
Song of a German Mother Eric Bentley 2:52
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208
Song of Mother Courage Eric Bentley 2:22
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209
Ballad of the Wise Woman and the Soldier Eric Bentley 4:56
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210
Keiner Oder Alle! Eric Bentley 3:12
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